Garlic bread is the latest instalment in my series of homemade alternatives to shop-bought staples. It’s several times tastier than the bought stuff, and there’s no cheap marg or unpronounceable preservatives in it either. Visit lovefood.com for the recipe.
You can put a garlic baguette into the oven in no time and get a delicious result in a few minutes. Why buy one when you can make it better than the one you paid for? It is so easy to make one so, let us get into what you need and how to get it done. Almost every restaurant in the world has this treat on their menus and despite its European origins, it is popular in every part of our planet. The best thing would be to make your own bread but we will not go that far this time.
Buy a fresh baguette and crush garlic while your oven is preheating to 180C. Take butter and let it soften a bit so that you can mix it with crushed garlic mash. Take some chopped parsley and add in there and use the spoon to even it out nicely. Add salt to your taste or any other season you like. Slice the baguette in half with a knife. You can cut any way you like it or leave it whole, it is up to you. The best thing to do is to make little slits along the baguette. Fill the slits with the garlic and butter mixture.
Use baking foil to wrap it tightly. The foil will take care of the aroma. Place it in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, take it out, open the foil and put it back for another five minutes. After it’s done, leave it a couple of minutes until the butter has sunk into it completely and your homemade garlic bread is ready. Use both baguette halves if there are more people. You can also make a nice dip that goes with it or just use it as a snack.